The sister of a 9/11 victim spoke about her fear while the families of those who died are still waiting for the brain of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to be brought to justice 18 years later.
Debra Burlingame's brother, pilot Charles & # 39; Chic & # 39; Burlingame III, died aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which struck the Pentagon during the Al-Qaida attacks on September 11, 2001.
Her other brother, Bradley, had been chosen by prosecutors to testify as part of the sentence phase of the trial that will now take place at Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in 2021, but died of pancreatic cancer in 2015 at the age of 63.
Debra told me The New York Post: & # 39; That was a crushing loss to my family that he was not living to bring our brother's killers to justice. & # 39;
Colonel W. Shane Cohen of the Air Force announced in August that the trial against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men was charged as the brain behind January 11, 2021.
Khalid Sheikh (also spelled as Shaikh) is said to be Mohammed the architect behind the plot that killed 2,976 in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.
A date in 2021 has been set for the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, pictured, and four other men accused as the brains behind the September 11 attack
Charles Burlingame, from Herndon, Va., Was the American Airlines Flight 77 pilot who was hijacked from Dulles International Airport and crashed at the Pentagon on September 11
Debra Burlingame & # 39; s pilot brother Charles & # 39; Chic & # 39; Burlingame III died aboard American Airlines Flight 77. Her other brother, Bradley, was chosen to testify during a trial, but died in 2015. Debra and Bradleyare in the picture in 2015
He told the researchers during & # 39; enhanced interrogation & # 39; techniques: & # 39; I was responsible for operation 9/11, from A to Z. & # 39;
Attorney Steve Zissou said: & # 39; no president of the United States will ever let him go. & # 39;
& # 39; That was a crushing loss for my family, that he did not live to bring our brother's killers to justice. & # 39;
Debra Burlingame, sister of 9/11 victim
But Cohen's announcement marks the first time a judge in the case actually set a date. Prosecutors had tried to get the ball rolling with two previous judges after the 2012 case.
The other men who have also been charged are: Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ammar al-Baluchi and Mustafa al-Hawsawi.
All five men were summoned to the case on May 5, 2012. They were detained in a national security courtroom in Guantánamo.
A retired FDNY deputy chief who attended three days of pre-hearings in 2008 said he wanted to & # 39; beat out & # 39 ;.
Jim Riches said: & # 39; Those guys are playing a game down there. They laughed, they got up, they prayed whenever they wanted. Total lack of respect. I wanted to go in and beat them out. & # 39;
Author Richard Miniter, who wrote a book about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, said the & # 39; very smart, bad man & # 39; had once written down the four flight numbers from 9/11, folded it in a paper plane and had the family look & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; It was a huge FU for the families.
& # 39; If this were ancient Rome, they would have dragged him to Yankee Stadium and killed him with the debris of the World Trade Center – but those days are over. & # 39;
Debra Burlingame, whose brother, Charles Burlingame was captain aboard flight 77, holds a poster with his photo during a vigil in front of the White House
Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of September 11, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan in 2003. A military judge set a start date in 2021 for the lengthy trial of war crimes committed by the five men detained in Guantanamo prison Bay on allegations of planning and assistance in the September 11 terrorist attacks
Issues that blocked previous potential data included finding the appropriate security clearance needed to review documents relevant to al-Baluchi's confession to FBI agents.
The suspect is said to have made the confessions in interrogations after torture shortly after he arrived in Guantánamo in 2006.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is also said to have murdered Wall Pearl Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and organized the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
But that, and other confessions regarding the bombing of a Bali nightclub and its role in & # 39; shoe bomber & # 39; Richard Reid & # 39; s attempt to blow up an airplane cannot be used in court after he was waterboard 183 times.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is also said to have murdered Wall Pearl Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in the photo
Prosecutors say he gave legal confessions after his transfer to Guantanamo Bay.
Lawmakers also struggled with determining whether they should try the case before the civil court or through a military commission.
And the case was further delayed when President Barack Obama suspended the war court, in an attempt to add more protection for a proper trial.
Obama also tried to try the group in a federal court in New York City, a proposal that was met with protest and legislation to block it.
In March 2019, a lawyer announced that prosecutors announced that they had links with phone calls between Mohammed and three of his accused co-conspirators.
In the calls made months before 2,976 people were killed, the parties can be heard in code about their plan.
Victor Hansen, law professor, said: & I think the Prosecution will try to relive the events of 9/11 as detailed as possible, and remind the panel of the judgment on the horrific event. & # 39;
Hundreds gathered on Ground Zero in New York City on Wednesday to observe the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that cost 2,977 lives
Relatives and friends of the victims of the attacks gathered for the ceremony at Ground Zero Wednesday morning, where the names of each of the victims are read aloud, some seen with clamped photos of their loved ones
Family members of some of the dead will visit Ground Zero on Wednesday, where each victim's name is read and toll bells are the moment two hijacked planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center.
President Donald Trump has to come to a ceremony at the Pentagon, where the third plane exploded, while Vice President Mike Pence speaks near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where heroic passengers take down the fourth jet before it can reach Washington.
Former President George W. Bush, the supreme commander at the time of the 2001 attacks, must lay an afternoon wreath on the Pentagon.
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